When Jason's grandmother dies, he's sent down to her home in Florida to help his father clean out her things. At first he gripes about spending his summer miles away from his best friend, doing chores, and sweating in the Florida heat, but he soon discovers a mystery surrounding his grandmother's murky past.
An old, yellowed postcard...a creepy phone call with a raspy voice at the other end asking, "So how smart are you?"...an entourage of freakish funeral goers....a bizarre magazine story. All contain clues that will send him on a thrilling journey to uncover family secrets.
Award-winning author Tony Abbott weaves an intriguing and entertaining mystery of adventure, friendship and family.
©2008 Tony Abbot; (P)2008 Listening Library
Huntress of Dirty Socks
I bought this by accident; grabbed it off the Award Winner list thinking it was the "Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 2009" but in reality it was the "Edgar Award Winner, Best Juvenile, 2009."
Still, it was enjoyable, the kind of book I would've been all over as a kid. All the stuff that used to be my favorite plot devices: absent, distracted or "hands-off" parents, mysterious strangers with unknown motives, an attractive but initially stand-offish member of the opposite sex who becomes a trusted parter, and lots of clues that lead the two on a treasure hunt.
The treasure? Appreciating and understanding a grandmother's past in a way that helps a parent through a bad patch. The kids get to save the day in this story... but only if they can solve the mystery in time.
The narrator was pretty good. He often made me laugh at his portrayal of the main character's frequent bewilderment: "Whaa-aa-at?"
This book is very well written for young teenagers. It's not for adults. It's refreshing in that it is a good mystery, well written. and has no explicit foul language or sex.
I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.
I have a hard time finding new authors and am often critical of some of the books I start, but this held my interest from start to finish. It's mostly about 2 kids who begin (and complete) an investigation into the background of the boy's late grandmother. So this ends up being a story within a story. I found the story quite exciting. A real good listen.
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